Typical Graham Crackers are made with graham flour, which is a coarse whole wheat flour. I actually prefer the taste and texture of my veganized graham crackers when made with home toasted whole wheat pastry flour. These cookies have been unanimously praised by the students in my Essential Vegan Desserts course at Rouxbe, who say they are easy to make, delicious and versatile. Actually, it’s been quite interesting to read the notes from the students outside the U.S. who’ve never seen or tasted grahams, but get hooked on them.
These simple cookies are showing up in s’mores, chocolate dipped treats, and ice cream sandwiches, too. Made with 100% whole wheat flour, they are healthy, but definitely not gluten-free. Well, one of the students in the inagural Essental Vegan Desserts course who avoids gluten, made the grahams successfully using oat flour. (Oat flour, when made from certifed gluten-free oats is gluten-free, of course.) When she asked me about toasting the flour, I said that I wouldn’t, since toasted wheat and toasted oats are miles apart. I was pleased when Erika reported that the oat graham crackers were successful, and I was curious too so I decided to make some myself. These are not too different from the poular Oat Sesame Cookies in my cookbook More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally or from the tart shells I sometimes make using all oat flour.
Now, here’s the thing that’s open to discussion for me:
I believe, aquafaba meringue is meringue since it looks and tastes like egg meringue. Ditto vegan marshmallows. But in my humble opinion, bean flour pastas, for example, while they can be good, are not the really pastas, nor is spiralized zucchini.
I made these crackers three times, and ate more than was necessary for taste testing each time because they were so good, I wondered if, aside from the shape, are these are oat crackers really graham crackers? Or are they not? Still, as we eat with our eyes first, I wonder if these graham cracker look-a-likes do set up the expectation and connection that says, “I am eating graham crackers.” Your opinions are sure welcome!
As to the name, what works best: Oat Flour Graham Crackers, or Gluten Free Graham Crackers, or Vegan Graham Crackers? Well, no matter what, I do recommend you make these cookies – or graham crackers. They are really good and they can be used just like wheat based grahams!
The next Esssential Vegan Desserts Course starts June 13, 2017! See the syllabus, FAQ, recipes and videos here: http://tinyurl.com/RouxbeVeganPastry